Dive queens dropped: Pandelela, Nur Dhabitah cut from Road to Gold programme

Pandelela (left) and Nur Dhabitah (right). Photo credit: Pandelela and Nur Dhabitah's Facebook pages

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, Feb 29: National dive queen Datuk Pandelela Rinong and her teammate Nur Dhabitah Sabri have been removed from the Road to Gold (RTG) programme, as revealed by RTG programme coordinator Datuk Stuart Ramalingam.

As reported by the national news agency Bernama today, Stuart stated that the decision was due to their failure to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France during the recent World Aquatic Championship in Doha, Qatar.

“The committee will continue to monitor their progress and the Podium Programme will work closely with athletes and associations to ensure Pandelela and Nur Dhabitah receive all the support they need to find their rhythm again,” he was quoted as saying at a media conference held today in Kuala Lumpur.

He went on to say that with the elimination of both divers, all of the training equipment borne by the RTG programme, including new dry gym training platforms, special rehabilitation centres, and new springboards, will become long-term investments to benefit future national divers.

According to the news report, Stuart stated that Pandelela and Nur Dhabitah, as national athletes, will remain part of the Podium Programme. — DayakDaily